Research Scholarships


To provide undergraduates who have research potential with experience of research and to encourage them to take further postgraduate study.

For more information about Research Scholarships take a look our Research Scholarships and Expeditions website

You can also view our Celebrating Student Research Scholarships and Expeditions 2016 Brochure (PDF: 6:22 MB)


Applicants should be one of the following:

  • Undergraduates in the middle year (not first or last year and preferably penultimate year) of their first degree
  • Undergraduate medical or dental students between the end of their second year and the end of their penultimate year
  • Undergraduates studying for language degrees either at the end of their second year or third year (ie just before or after their year of overseas study).
  • Students awarded funding by the University Expeditions Committee will not be considered for Research Scholarship awards in any one year.

Application Form

The application form for 2017 Research Scholarship project proposals is now available and can be accessed here: Research Scholarships 2017 Form

Please note that the closing date for receipt of student applications has now passed.

Method of adjudication

A panel consisting of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) and Faculty Undergraduate Deans will judge applications primarily on academic merit and potential for providing research training. Preference will be given to:

  • research projects that have a clearly defined objective that is achievable by the student in the time available. (Research Scholarships will not be awarded for work that will form a substantial part of the student's undergraduate degree work.)
  • projects that give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student and do not use the student as a general assistant. It will be expected that the student will have contributed to the design of the project and the framing of this application
  • students demonstrating academic achievement and potential and also showing an interest in and motivation to undertake research.

Research support available

Research Scholarships are available for six to eight weeks' work and carry a grant of £200 per week. Schools or Research Institutes will be asked to provide modest grants for materials, etc, in support of the awards.

ncl + Advanced Awards (Research)

Please note: Research Scholarships funded by the University from 2017 will require students to take the ncl+ Advanced Award (Research). Details of the award can be found at the following link:

Research Opportunities

For other potential research opportunities visit our Noticeboard.

Similar schemes

There are number of external organisations offering similar schemes funding for as well as individual charitable awards.

Where appropriate, students, or staff on their behalf, should apply to these schemes as well as this University scheme. If the student is awarded an outside scholarship in addition to a University award, the University may increase the value of the outside award's student maintenance to the equivalent of the University's award so that the student is not disadvantaged by accepting the outside award that can enhance his/her CV.

Maximising the University’s success in external competitions not only raises the University’s external profile but also enables many more of our students to experience work in a research situation by enabling the University’s resources to go further.